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For home renovation, is it better to install insulation on the inside or outside?

Hi, I have a 1955 red all brick bungalow. the interior walls are a very thick plaster board (maybe 1" or more thick). I want to take the walls down to the stud...

Posted by Neil Richardson Jan. 29, 2019, 4:09 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What do you think of insulated T Studs in Canada?

...homes. What I DON’T really like at a glance is that they are insulated with spray foam. However, if the company that makes these insulated wood studs is build...

Posted by Lee Watt June 3, 2019, 10:57 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

Wood Burning Stove - Do We Need A Cold Air Vent to Safely Operate?

...homes, LEED or Passive House, require an air vent that can not be closed or be covered up, i.e. permanently open and venting to the outside of the home. The ven...

Posted by Regina Vigil Feb. 15, 2021, 3:11 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 2 Responses

What are the options for radiant heat with a slab on grade?

...homes here. “Warmboard provides the fastest response” Yes, a lack of thermal mass would mean it provides a quicker response. Is that a good thing? As mentione...

Posted by August Wehrmann Feb. 3, 2019, 6:52 p.m. Delivery: radiant, forced-air and decentralized 1 Responses

How do insulate the outside of a log home?

...homes are not known to be particularly airtight. But as for where you install the house wrap, you can’t go really wrong either way, but you would be better to p...

Posted by Michael Hickey Aug. 2, 2018, 6:03 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Should I insulate my basement ceiling?

...homes simply are not insulated at all, and therefore they do have higher heating bills to show for it (which is not great long term), but for one winter I would...

Posted by Nina Hartt March 21, 2019, 8:23 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How to insulate an apartment you don't own?

...Homes For now, assuming a reasonably ‘cold’ climate and also running with the assumption of air leaks , you could do a lot to reduce that with some caulki...

Posted by Teresa Cunningham Oct. 21, 2019, 3 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

Why is there mold on particle board outside vapor barrier on new addition?

...homes with vapor barriers can lead to moisture build up inside walls. So really, for now your best solution at least for this summer, would be to run the air co...

Posted by Christine ML June 7, 2020, 1:35 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the best wall & insulation combination for Colorado?

...homes. Other important considerations for a high performing wall would be a proper air barrier and avoiding thermal bridging in the wall assembly. Those links...

Posted by Jacob Johannessen July 2, 2020, 11:13 a.m. Efficient home design 1 Responses

What is the best way to do a basement renovation?

...Homes As for vapor barriers on basement walls, as you would read in the page above, that’s always a bad idea. The ground is wet, concrete is wet and porous, s...

Posted by BIG FOOT Nov. 18, 2020, 9:33 a.m. Basements improvements 1 Responses

How do you insulate an exterior wall from the outside?

...homes being built today.

Posted by Stuart Seldon Feb. 11, 2021, 12:21 p.m. Wall assemblies - renovation 1 Responses

What is the cost of a Net Zero House?

...homes are a great base for becoming net zero ready so I'd probably recommmend looking at Passive House builders in the city of North Vancouver.

Posted by SD Holman May 19, 2018, 3:14 p.m. Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing 4 Responses

Should I replace my skylights with solar tubes?

...homes, we are cautious about issuing a recommendation to replace or remove existing ones. Skylights are usually quite a bit bigger than a lightwell , so you wil...

Posted by Elizabeth Brown Nov. 30, 2018, 9:32 p.m. Windows and doors 1 Responses

What is the best to insulate metal structures for all seasons?

...Homes and Save Energy Beyond just heat loss, thermal bridging through insulated metal framing members, as you eluded to, would leave the wall at risk of conde...

Posted by Morgan Aldridge Jan. 19, 2019, 1:53 a.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 1 Responses

What are your thoughts on a Yurt for colder climates?

...homes The model on that page is larger than you would be looking for, but there is a sign-up form on there so you can get a notice when we get all the design ...

Posted by Lexy Cara Jan. 23, 2020, 1:39 p.m. Tiny house 1 Responses

Where should I put a vapour retarder?

...homes at sub-arctic temperatures for an entire summer. So if it were me I'd be leaning towards the easiest, and that may well be keeping it on the interior, but...

Posted by Jeffrey Connell March 14, 2020, 4:25 p.m. Wall assemblies - new construction 4 Responses

How do I get rid of carpenter ants?

...homes in search of food, but they may not be nesting inside. If you notice significant activity during the winter, is it more likely that they have set up shop ...

Posted by Shawn B Nov. 14, 2017, 10:27 a.m. Pest control 1 Responses

Where to find non electric pellet stoves?

...homes

Posted by Denise DeStefanis Sept. 30, 2021, 4:04 p.m. Wood stove and biomass heat 1 Responses